Landscape with threshiing machine
Framed (ref: 4009)
Oil on board,
15 1/2 x 19 3/4 in. (40 x 50.5 cm. )
Tags: Kenneth Rowntree
Rowntree took great delight in finding quirky subjects within the landscape around him. It is possible that the animal-like outline of the object in the middleground is an mechanical threshing machine used during harvest time
for the separation of grain from stalks and husks.
Rowntree designed his own frames, often using, for works on paper, a moulding favoured by Ravilious with a wooden slip. For oil and acrylic paintings he favoured a tray-frame within which images would float over a hessian ground. In a letter to the Tate Gallery Conservation Department (dated 12 March 1985), the artist records that he designed and refinished the surface of his frames many of which were made by Mr Davey, joiner and undertaker of Great Bardfield'. 'The painted slips', he added, 'are part of the original frame'.